Elizabeth Heyrick. Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition: or, An Inquiry into
the Shortest, Safest, and Most Effectual Means of Getting Rid of West
Indian Slavery. London: Sold by J. Hatchard, 1824.
Elizabeth Heyrick, a radical abolitionist and social reformer, wrote Immediate,
Not Gradual Abolition in 1824, a publication that marked a turning
point in the official stance of the British abolitionist movement. As
treasurer of the Female Society for Birmingham, Heyrick stood up to advocate
the immediate abolition of slavery at the National Conference of the Anti-Slavery
Society. Although considered too radical by many abolitionists, she threatened
to withdraw the organization's funds if “immediatism” was
not adopted, and her insistence would eventually carry the movement forward
toward this goal.
Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection.
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